KANAZAWA, Japan (Kyodo) — Food Forus Co., operator of a "yakiniku" barbecue restaurant chain involved in a string of food poisoning cases, including fatal ones, began to dissolve itself Friday, a lawyer representing the company said. The amount of damages Food Forus needs to pay victims in the cases is believed to be at least 500 million yen, while its total debts excluding the compensation payments are estimated to reach 1 billion yen.
(AP) — In this photo taken July 5, 2011, A fisherman cuts a hammerhead shark in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador. Thousands of young sharks in danger of extinction are regularly caught by fishing boats along the Ecuadorian coast to be sold mainly to Asian markets. A 2007 presidential decree authorized fishermen to sell shark meat and fins as long as the animals were caught by accident in fishing nets.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica has shuttered all citrus nurseries across the tropical country to try and check an invasive pest that carries a fast-spreading bacteria capable of devastating its $43 million commercial industry, officials said Tuesday. Jamaica's ministry of agriculture announced that all nurseries were closed until further notice and the sale of plants were prohibited to control the spread of the incurable "citrus greening" disease, which has hobbled citrus production in parts of China and infested millions of dead and dying trees in Florida and Brazil.
In the long term, the technology could be used by customers to design many different products themselves – tailor-made to their needs and preferences. The project is being led by the University of Exeter in collaboration with the Brunel University and software developer Delcam.
It looks like Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, and Kraft says it tastes just like the original. But a new ingredient is lurking inside this version of the American family dinner staple — cauliflower. Don't tell the kids! Kraft Foods Inc. is the latest large food manufacturer to try hiding additional veggies in packaged foods, an effort to ride a renewed interest in healthy eating to fatter profits.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The trial of a former executive of bankrupt beverage maker Le-Nature's Inc. has begun in U.S. District Court. Robert B. Lynn, 67, the former president of the bankrupt company, is the only one charged in the case who hasn't plead guilty. His trial began Wednesday. Prosecutors claim Lynn was a conspirator in a complex scheme, but the defense says he was a dupe betrayed by Chief Executive Gregory Podlucky.
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian fenugreek seeds suspected by European food inspectors to have caused a deadly E. coli outbreak were not contaminated, the Egyptian agriculture minister said Wednesday, citing lab tests. The European Food Safety Authority has said one lot of fenugreek seeds from Egypt was probably the source of the recent food poisoning outbreaks in Germany and France.
(AP) — This April 2011 photo shows workers at Destileria la Fortaleza, the last distillery in Tequila that still uses a tahona, a giant lava stone, to crush the juices from the baked agave, in Mexico. Here the juice is being pumped into a wooden fermentation vat, where it will spend about a week as the sugar ferments into alcohol.
(FDA) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that it has completed two tasks required by the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FDA has issued an anti-smuggling strategy, and issued draft guidance clarifying agency expectations on new dietary ingredients. The FDA issued an anti-smuggling strategy developed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that will help to identify and prevent smuggled foods from entering the United States and posing a threat to national security and consumer safety.
GENEVA (AP) — World food production will have to increase by up to 100 percent by 2050 and focus on greener methods to sustain an expected 9 billion population, the U.N. said Tuesday in its annual survey of economic and social trends. The U.N.'s annual World Economic and Social Survey called for governments to invest nearly $2 trillion (about 1.
(USDA) — Carolina Pride Foods, Inc., a Greenwood, S.C. establishment is recalling approximately 18,416 pounds of boneless, fully cooked ham products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes , the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana researcher looking into ways to produce more and bigger crawfish in the same space said she's had success with lighting the ponds at night and believes her work could pave the way for expanding crawfish farming in cooler areas. Crawfish is one of the nation's biggest aquaculture crops, with the number of pounds harvested second only to catfish in most years.
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are siding with food companies resisting the Obama administration's efforts to pressure them to stop advertising junk food for children. Some food companies say the government is going too far with guidelines proposed earlier this year by several government agencies.
(AP) — Public relations representatives Alix Leonard-Morgan, left, and Andea Smuts use the interactive menu projected onto the table in an Inamo restaurant in central London, Monday, July 4, 2011. Want a virtual bite of what you'll eat before ordering from the menu? An Asian-themed restaurant in London's theater district is giving its customers just that, projecting images of dragon rolls, black cod, and other dishes directly onto diners' plates.
(FDA) —The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, Sacramento Division, entered a consent decree of permanent injunction against John C. Virtue, doing business as Virtue Calves, and Shannon L. Virtue for selling veal calves for use as food that contain illegal drug residues in violation of federal law.
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AP) — German conglomerate Bayer CropScience agreed Friday to pay up to $750 million to settle several lawsuits with U.S. farmers who claimed a strain of the company's unapproved genetically modified rice contaminated the food supply and hurt their crop prices.
DENVER (AP) — According to company lore, Udi's Gluten Free Foods' master baker Chadwick White has gotten at least two marriage proposals based on his recipes that have helped launch the rapidly-growing business. If trends from the first half of the year continue, the company is poised to have $70 million in sales this year, up from $5.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nestle SA, the world's largest food and drink company, is in talks to buy a Chinese candy maker in a deal that would cost roughly $2.6 billion, according to a published report. A deal to purchase Hsu Fu Chi International is in the works but has not been finalized, Bloomberg News reported.
LONDON (AP) — Egyptian sprout seeds blamed for Europe's massive and deadly E. coli outbreak are still on the market and were shipped to more countries than was previously believed, including Austria, Britain and Spain, officials said Tuesday. The European Food Safety Authority confirmed in a report that one lot of contaminated fenugreek seeds from Egypt was probably the source of the recent food poisoning outbreaks in Germany and France, but the number of European countries that received parts of the suspected lot is "much larger than previously known.
(AP) — In this June 27, 2011 photo provided by Dan Buskirk, a Michigan State University tag and barcode is seen on meat at a processing plant in Byron Center, Mich. A small herd of cattle from MSU was recently slaughtered with two goals: boosting the amount of locally-produced food on campus and creating a system of tracking beef from the farm to the plate.